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Orissa High Court lawyers to continue cease-work strike

3/10/2018 at 5:40 PM

Cuttack: The striking lawyers of the Orissa High Court lawyers today decided to continue the ongoing cease-work strike. The future course of action on the strike will be taken on October 10.

The lawyers are protesting the police atrocity on them.

On Thursday though the Supreme Court restrained the lawyers from continuing the strike but the latter did not relent saying the apex court gave its order without hearing them.

A division bench of Supreme Court consisting of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice AM Khanwilkar and Justice DY Chandrachud passed the order while hearing a writ petition filed by Abhijit Iyer Mitra asked the agitating lawyers to end the strike and join their duty soon in order to help people getting access to justice.

Mitra had moved the apex court stating that he was compelled to file the petition before the apex court as his liberty was affected and he was unable to move Orissa High Court due to the ongoing Bar Association’s strike arising out of police-lawyers conflict.

Notably, the lawyers are on the strike since August 29 demanding arrest of the police personnel involved in attack on advocate Debi Prasad Patnaik on August 28 here.

The apex court had also directed Director General of Police (DGP) of Odisha to transfer investigation of the lawyer’s assault case to the Crime Branch IG, Crime Branch.

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